New Yorkers, New Jersey residents, and the federal government have demanded answers from the NJ Transit regarding the Hoboken crash that killed one an injured hundreds. According to officials, representatives from the NJ transit have been less than cooperative with federal safety investigators.
Federal officials began an audit of the widely utilized New Jersey transit in June 2016, months before the fatal crash occurred. The audit was largely in response to an increase in reported safety violations.
The New Jersey transit is the nation’s third largest mass transportation provider. In 2014 the NJ Transit published data regarding daily ridership on their website. Roughly fifteen thousand people travel through the Hoboken station on an average weekday. Well over ninety thousand people travel through New York’s Penn Station, and in total approximately two hundred and fifty thousand people travel daily on NJ Transit Monday-Friday.
While it’s clear that federal officials have made the investigation into the Hoboken crash a top priority, it’s not clear why more wasn’t done sooner to prevent injuries. With daily ridership reaching into the masses and known safety inadequacies many are outraged, as they should be, by the lack of preventative action on the part of the NJ Transit.